Announcement: Poetry and Fiction Writing Opportunities for ENG Students

Hong Kong Baptist University’s English Poetry Contest (Unpublished Work) 2017, co-organised by the Department of English, the Department of Humanities and Creative Writing, and the International Writers Workshop (IWW), is now accepting entries. All students who submit poems will have the opportunity to join a workshop with two IWW visiting writers. Please read the guidelines…

Pet Sounds: Robert Fuchs

Pet Sounds: A series in which teaching staff and students from the English Department reflect on a piece of music or song. [Read all entries.] [Revisit the “Headspace” series.] [Revisit the “Ongoing” series.] [Revisit the “Interrogative” series.] I have to confess that when I first read the title of this series, I thought “Well, I…

Pet Sounds: Vino Shum

Pet Sounds: A series in which teaching staff and students from the English Department reflect on a piece of music or song. [Read all entries.] [Revisit the “Headspace” series.] [Revisit the “Ongoing” series.] [Revisit the “Interrogative” series.] Rainy and thunderous. A sleepless night. Turn on my phone. Start the mp3 player. “悲しくてやりきれない” (I Can’t Bear…

Pet Sounds: Anna Tham

Pet Sounds: A series in which teaching staff and students from the English Department reflect on a piece of music or song. [Read all entries.] [Revisit the “Headspace” series.] [Revisit the “Ongoing” series.] [Revisit the “Interrogative” series.] Rapid rush of hollow percussion, bleak wail of dida, magnificent echo of gong, voices ring onstage and off,…

Announcement: Lian-Hee Wee of the ENG Department is a featured speaker at PEN Hong Kong’s human rights reading

On September 6th (Wednesday), PEN Hong Kong will be hosting an informal bilingual reading (Cantonese and English) as part of the International Literature Festival Berlin (ILB). The speakers will be introducing and reading something of their own choosing on the subject of human rights. This event especially welcomes writers interested in joining PEN Hong Kong to attend. Lian-Hee Wee, Professor at…

“On the Screening of The Ivory Game” by Lian-Hee Wee

On Sunday 27 August 2017, we hosted a screening of The Ivory Game at Hong Kong Baptst University (HKBU). The event was organised by ADM Capital Foundation, who has been working actively on wildlife preservation, and established a Wildlife Trade Working Group of organisations and individuals with an aim to leverage impact in key strategic areas through…

Pet Sounds: Minnie Chung

Pet Sounds: A series in which teaching staff and students from the English Department reflect on a piece of music or song. [Read all entries.] [Revisit the “Headspace” series.] [Revisit the “Ongoing” series.] [Revisit the “Interrogative” series.] What is the Best Ending? The realization of a sweet dream turning out just as expected? Or the…

Pet Sounds: Paulina Lee

Pet Sounds: A series in which teaching staff and students from the English Department reflect on a piece of music or song. [Read all entries.] [Revisit the “Headspace” series.] [Revisit the “Ongoing” series.] [Revisit the “Interrogative” series.] “Do you think music is a dangerous thing?” All of a sudden, E threw out this question in…

Pet Sounds: Jason S Polley

Pet Sounds: A series in which teaching staff and students from the English Department reflect on a piece of music or song. [Read all entries.] [Revisit the “Headspace” series.] [Revisit the “Ongoing” series.] [Revisit the “Interrogative” series.] Co-opting Cool: The Figurative and Literal Death of Nirvana [The Keywords] These “keys” are in no particular order,…

Pet Sounds: Yannie Lee

Pet Sounds: A series in which teaching staff and students from the English Department reflect on a piece of music or song. [Read all entries.] [Revisit the “Headspace” series.] [Revisit the “Ongoing” series.] [Revisit the “Interrogative” series.] How can two plus two make five? “2+2=5” by Radiohead probably alludes to George Orwell’s 1984—‘In the end…

Pet Sounds: Tammy Ho Lai-Ming

Pet Sounds: A series in which teaching staff and students from the English Department reflect on a piece of music or song. [Read all entries.] [Revisit the “Headspace” series.] [Revisit the “Ongoing” series.] [Revisit the “Interrogative” series.] Silence Like a Cancer Grows My first year of university life went by rather fast, as it should,…

Pet Sounds: Leo Lau

Pet Sounds: A series in which teaching staff and students from the English Department reflect on a piece of music or song. [Read all entries.] [Revisit the “Headspace” series.] [Revisit the “Ongoing” series.] [Revisit the “Interrogative” series.] Coldplay’s “Paradise” ‘Where is your paradise?’ At the age of seven, during a Chinese lesson, I was asked…

Pet Sounds: William Ng

Pet Sounds: A series in which teaching staff and students from the English Department reflect on a piece of music or song. [Read all entries.] [Revisit the “Headspace” series.] [Revisit the “Ongoing” series.] [Revisit the “Interrogative” series.] Caprice ‘When you breathe into this instrument, darling, you’re not just giving it life ­– you’re giving it…

Pet Sounds: Suzanne Lai

Pet Sounds: A series in which teaching staff and students from the English Department reflect on a piece of music or song. [Read all entries.] [Revisit the “Headspace” series.] [Revisit the “Ongoing” series.] [Revisit the “Interrogative” series.] The sound of you closing your door stealthily. The sound of your heels pressing on the woollen carpet….

Pet Sounds: Buster Leung

Pet Sounds: A series in which teaching staff and students from the English Department reflect on a piece of music or song. [Read all entries.] [Revisit the “Headspace” series.] [Revisit the “Ongoing” series.] [Revisit the “Interrogative” series.] A still from Pulp Fiction Centurions: The Culture Clash The Centurions’s “Bullwinkle (Part II)” is a surf band’s…

Pet Sounds: Pamela Wong

Pet Sounds: A series in which teaching staff and students from the English Department reflect on a piece of music or song. [Read all entries.] [Revisit the “Headspace” series.] [Revisit the “Ongoing” series.] [Revisit the “Interrogative” series.] Artwork by Danni Chen Oasis – Live Forever The streets are soaked in a shade of green, of…

Pet Sounds: Englebert Tse

Pet Sounds: A series in which teaching staff and students from the English Department reflect on a piece of music or song. [Read all entries.] [Revisit the “Headspace” series.] [Revisit the “Ongoing” series.] [Revisit the “Interrogative” series.] On Friday 14 July 2017, four more pro-democracy lawmakers—‘Long Hair’ Leung Kwok-hung, Nathan Law Kwun-chung, Edward Yiu Chung-yim…

Pet Sounds: Karen Wong

Pet Sounds: A series in which teaching staff and students from the English Department reflect on a piece of music or song. [Read all entries.] [Revisit the “Headspace” series.] [Revisit the “Ongoing” series.] [Revisit the “Interrogative” series.] The first time I heard the song “Missing You”, by the Korean indie band Delispice, was about eighteen…

Pet Sounds: Winnie Chor

Pet Sounds: A series in which teaching staff and students from the English Department reflect on a piece of music or song. [Read all entries.] [Revisit the “Headspace” series.] [Revisit the “Ongoing” series.] [Revisit the “Interrogative” series.] My father was a seaman from when I was a baby until I was around ten. When he…

Pet Sounds: Mignon Chiu

Pet Sounds: A series in which teaching staff and students from the English Department reflect on a piece of music or song. [Read all entries.] [Revisit the “Headspace” series.] [Revisit the “Ongoing” series.] [Revisit the “Interrogative” series.] Nothing really happens at the disputed “Salt & Pepper”; oh no, it should be “Sgt Pepper”. Letting my…

Pet Sounds: Sophia Zhang

Pet Sounds: A series in which teaching staff and students from the English Department reflect on a piece of music or song. [Read all entries.] [Revisit the “Headspace” series.] [Revisit the “Ongoing” series.] [Revisit the “Interrogative” series.] As I am currently preparing to move out of Hong Kong, I find myself really lucky to have…

Pet Sounds: Jensen Ho

Pet Sounds: A series in which teaching staff and students from the English Department reflect on a piece of music or song. [Read all entries.] [Revisit the “Headspace” series.] [Revisit the “Ongoing” series.] [Revisit the “Interrogative” series.] “Pumped Up Kicks” is the 2010 debut single by Foster The People. Soon after its release, it topped…

Pet Sounds: Olivia Kwok

Pet Sounds: A series in which teaching staff and students from the English Department reflect on a piece of music or song. [Read all entries.] [Revisit the “Headspace” series.] [Revisit the “Ongoing” series.] [Revisit the “Interrogative” series.] This scene used to keep popping up in my mind: I am crying so hard in a taxi…

Pet Sounds: Abel Han Song

Pet Sounds: A series in which teaching staff and students from the English Department reflect on a piece of music or song. [Read all entries.] [Revisit the “Headspace” series.] [Revisit the “Ongoing” series.] [Revisit the “Interrogative” series.] A still from Dust in the Wind The Time Boat This story sounds like a one-sentence joke: a…

Pet Sounds: Grace Hiu-Yan Wong

  Pet Sounds: A series in which teaching staff and students from the English Department reflect on a piece of music or song. [Read all entries.] [Revisit the “Headspace” series.] [Revisit the “Ongoing” series.] [Revisit the “Interrogative” series.] In September 2013, I visited the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, UK. It was a modest establishment…

Pet Sounds: Hiroko Itakura

Pet Sounds: A series in which teaching staff and students from the English Department reflect on a piece of music or song. [Read all entries.] [Revisit the “Headspace” series.] [Revisit the “Ongoing” series.] [Revisit the “Interrogative” series.] Shostakovich wrote Piano Concerto No. 2 as a birthday present for his son Maxim Music amuses us, raises…

Pet Sounds: Kwun Kiem Foeng

Pet Sounds: A series in which teaching staff and students from the English Department reflect on a piece of music or song. [Read all entries.] [Revisit the “Headspace” series.] [Revisit the “Ongoing” series.] [Revisit the “Interrogative” series.] From the music video, “Born to Die” Lana Del Rey’s Born to Die One manoeuvres through life along…

Pet Sounds: Holy Yoong

Pet Sounds: A series in which teaching staff and students from the English Department reflect on a piece of music or song. [Read all entries.] [Revisit the “Headspace” series.] [Revisit the “Ongoing” series.] [Revisit the “Interrogative” series.] Artwork by Jerek Puczei Faye Wong’s “Oi Mui” (曖昧) ‘To try to write love is to confront the…

Pet Sounds: Holden Liang Qichao

Pet Sounds: A series in which teaching staff and students from the English Department reflect on a piece of music or song. [Read all entries.] [Revisit the “Headspace” series.] [Revisit the “Ongoing” series.] [Revisit the “Interrogative” series.] I have always appreciated melodrama – in storytelling, that is. Even as I have got older and more…

Pet Sounds: Tasha Chung Wai Yin

Pet Sounds: A series in which teaching staff and students from the English Department reflect on a piece of music or song. [Read all entries.] [Revisit the “Headspace” series.] [Revisit the “Ongoing” series.] [Revisit the “Interrogative” series.] Moana The Adventure is Calling: How Far Will I Go? This piece is all about the song “How…